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At Howard University, Homecoming Is a Pilgrimage
November 17, 2019 The New York Times | Written by Bianca Ladipo.

At Howard University in Washington, homecoming encompasses more than collegiate nostalgia; it’s a celebration of black culture, a music and arts festival, a history lesson, a community reunion.....The weekend, which usually falls in mid-October, begins with Yardfest, held on the several-acre green at the heart of the 152-year-old historically black university.......Over the last decade, institutions of higher education across the country have struggled with declining enrollment, historically black colleges and universities being among the hardest hit. But recently, enrollment at H.B.C.U.s has begun to rebound as the schools have become increasingly visible in the culture. .... Howard aka“The Mecca.”....the term emerged after the Civil Rights Movement. In the wake of the death of Malcolm X and in the spirit of the Black Power movement, students began to informally refer to the campus as “The Mecca of black education.”... the current political climate is causing young black students to think in new ways about the college experience — what it means to grow intellectually in a predominantly black space. Homecoming pilgrimages at H.B.C.U.s, he added, are unique reflections of such spaces and their histories.....While most of Howard’s students are not affiliated with sororities and fraternities, the presence of Greek life is strong. Trees around the campus yard are painted with the emblems of each organization, marking meeting places for members. Of the nine national Black Greek letter organizations, five of them were founded at Howard. 
African-Americans  alumni  blackness  Black_Power  black_pride  Colleges_&_Universities  education  emotional_connections  fraternities  friendships  hard_times  HBCUs  homecoming  Howard  pilgrimage  Washington_D.C.   
november 2019 by jerryking
Opinion | H.B.C.U.s’ Sink-or-Swim Moment - The New York Times
By Delece Smith-Barrow
Ms. Smith-Barrow is a senior editor at The Hechinger Report.

Oct. 21, 2019
African-Americans  Colleges_&_Universities  education  HBCUs 
october 2019 by jerryking
Why Black Colleges Need Charter Schools - WSJ
By Allysia Finley
Nov. 3, 2017 | WSJ |

Charter schools are the “polite cousins of segregation,” in the words of Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. Last year the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called for a moratorium on charters. Film festivals are screening “Backpack Full of Cash,” a pro-union documentary narrated by Matt Damon that portrays charters as separate and unequal institutions.

Pushing back against these invidious attacks is the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, an organization that represents 47 historically black schools. “We cannot afford this kind of issue-myopia in our society,” the fund’s president, Johnny Taylor, wrote in a syndicated op-ed this fall. “If the NAACP continues to reject the educational opportunities school choice provides them, they risk becoming irrelevant—or worse—an enemy of the very people they claim to fight for.”

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Mr. Taylor will step down next month after a seven-year tenure during which he has relentlessly promoted charters as a lifeline for black students and a pipeline for historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs.
HBCUs  Colleges_&_Universities  Thurgood_Marshall  students  African-Americans  charter_schools  talent_pipelines 
november 2017 by jerryking
Morehouse College Names Harvard Business Professor as Its President - WSJ
Oct. 16, 2017 | WSJ | By Douglas Belkin.

School faces same enrollment challenges as many historically black colleges.
HBCUs  Morehouse  the_South  Atlanta  appointments  deanships  HBS  enrollment 
october 2017 by jerryking
We Need More Black People Rooting for Tech Entrepreneurs, Not Just Football Players
BY: ANDRE PERRY PH.D.
Posted: December 5, 2016

On a stage in a cold hotel room—a far cry from the more than 67,000 people who crowded the Superdome to watch the clash between football rivals and hear their mighty marching bands—technology teams representing each of the six historically black colleges and universities in Louisiana competed for $20,000 worth of prize money to show who could create the best “piece of technology that assists in the economic recovery of small businesses affected by natural disaster.”

Approximately 30 people watched these techie squads of primarily African-American students trying to impress four nonathletic judges (including me) with ideas like a post-disaster online marketplace for the BizTech Challenge.

We talk about the lack of diversity in technology and dearth of economic opportunities for black and Hispanic young people as a problem now. But in the future, it will be a major economic crisis once people of color become the majority of our workforce. If our K-12 and postsecondary institutions haven’t prepared this current generation of young students of color to compete for tech and engineering jobs, the whole nation will suffer.
Colleges_&_Universities  African-Americans  diversity  STEM  entrepreneurship  HBCUs  K-12  talent_pipelines 
december 2016 by jerryking
Hard Times at Howard U. - NYTimes.com
FEB. 4, 2014 | NYT | By CHARLAYNE HUNTER-GAULT.

Howard has been in turmoil for several years over its fiscal direction as well as a series of public relations blunders, notably the news of bonuses to high-level administrators amounting to $1.1 million amid cost-cutting and tuition increases.
Colleges_&_Universities  African-Americans  hard_times  HBCUs  Morehouse  leadership  Washington_D.C.  crisis  education  enrollment  Howard  economics 
february 2014 by jerryking
In Defense Of Black On Black Violence - - Personal -
Sep 9 2011 | The Atlantic | Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Well then. To paraphrase Ebert, it is true Howard football hasn't been
very good. But one day it will be. Herman Cain, however, will always be a
Morehouse man.
Ta-Nehisi_Coates  HBCUs  sports  Colleges_&_Universities  football 
september 2011 by jerryking
From the Classroom to the Boardroom
Nov 15, 2007 | Diverse Issues in Higher Education | Nealy,
Michelle J. To be considered for TMCF's HBCU Talent Sourcing Program,
students must have a recommendation from a college counselor and a
minimum 3.0 GPA. Recruits usually exceed these requirements, and the
average GPA is 3.48, according to TMCF's Web site. Thurgood Marshall
recruits are advised to carry an air of professionalism everywhere they
go. For Thurgood Marshall internships and conferences, a dress code of
business attire is strictly enforced. Students are also asked to refrain
from wearing braids.

"Our recruits have strong leadership and communication skills. They are
bright and assertive as well as active on their campuses and in their
communities. Our partners are always very pleased," says Ashley.
Colleges_&_Universities  HBCUs  ProQuest  talent  leadership_development  internships  Thurgood_Marshall  GPA 
september 2011 by jerryking
Recruiters at Black Colleges Break From Tradition - WSJ.com
AUGUST 17, 2011

Recruiters at Black Colleges Break From Tradition

By SUE SHELLENBARGER
Like this columnist
Colleges_&_Universities  African-Americans  diversity  HBCUs 
august 2011 by jerryking
Separation Anxiety
Nov. 30, 2007 WSJ op-ed by by ABIGAIL THERNSTROM AND STEPHAN
THERNSTROM. Column looks at whether historically black colleges are good
for blacks.
education  African-Americans  Colleges_&_Universities  segregation  HBCUs  Jim_Crow  graduation_rates 
january 2009 by jerryking

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